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Football match in memory of Birmingham riot death men

A full international football match is to be held between India and Pakistan in memory of three men who were killed during recent rioting in Birmingham.

The game, at Derby County's Pride Park on 3 September, follows the deaths of Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, aged 31.

They were hit by a car on Dudley Road, Winson Green on 10 August.

Proceeds from the match will go to a charitable foundation being set up in the name of the men.

Representatives from the families were among those who attended a press conference in Birmingham on Thursday to announce the match would be played.

Abdul Quddoos, brother of Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir, said it would be "so beautiful" as a minute's silence would be observed at the game.

Players also will wear black arm bands and Mr Quddoos added that some of them had already phoned him.

Image caption Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir were hit by a car in Winson Green

He said: "I know I'm going to be very emotional because of my brothers... but I have to keep strong for my mother and father.

"We have to stay tough. We've always been a tough family."

Five men have appeared in court over the deaths.

West Midlands Police is looking for nominations for members of the public who should be recognised for acts of bravery during the recent riots.

Chief Constable Chris Sims said he was keen to recognise the compassion displayed by some people during the disorder.

He said the force wanted to recognise the efforts of residents who had helped tackle criminality and restore calm.

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